June 2nd: One of the Most Iconic Days in Baseball History

Lou Gehrig Dies June 2nd
New York Yankees Lou Gehrig sitting on dugout step. Lefty Gomez with him on step, 1939

Baseball has always been America’s pastime and since baseball has been around since 1839 on everyday there is bound to have tragedy and triumph on and off the diamond. June 2nd might be one of the most important days in baseball history and here is why.

  1. 1935, “The Bambino” calls it a career: One of the greatest players to ever play the game, Babe Ruth, retires after 22 seasons in the MLB. Hitting a career .342 average, 714 home runs, 2,213 runs batted in, and also collecting 2,873 hits in an outstanding career. Also pitching was another strength for Ruth with a career record of 94-36 record with a 2.28 ERA. Babe Ruth later died on August, 16 1948, but his legend still is alive.

2. 1941, “Iron Horse” passes away: The Yankees dominated in the 30’s and 40’s, but they had to face a difficult time learning that one of their legends pasted away in his home due to ALS. Lou Gehrig is a name that every generation will remember because of the Yankees or his play on the field, Lou Gehrig is one of the most iconic players in baseball history. Gehrig played 17 seasons all with the Yankees, and posted numbers like a career average of .340, 493 home runs, and 1,508 RBIs. Lou Gehrig will always be remembered as an outstanding player and the Iron Horse.

3. 1951, Mike Romello hits umpire: This might not be one of the most important events on June 2nd, but it is something to think about. During a AAA game between the Durham Bulls and the Danville Braves a shortstop, Mike Romello, for Danville got a little heated while he was called out for leaving early at third base tagging up from a popup. The umpire, Emil Davidzuk, got in a argument with Romello, and it escalated to Romello punching him in the face injuring Davidzuk. Now the interesting part, a judge was present at the game and arrested the shortstop right on the spot. Later Romello was put upon the judge in court was fine $25 dollars for the assault, yes $25 dollars. Now imagine players doing that to umpires now, oh how the times have changed.

4. 1957, Moe needs to learn control: Now this record may have been broken now, but at this time this was a big deal. A Cubs pitcher named Moe Drabowsky breaks the record for most hit batters in a game “four” in the Cubs 4-3 loss to the Reds.

5. 1987, The Kid starts the journey: Seattle Mariners had the first pick in the ’87 draft, and they decided to draft a kid from Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and boy did it pay off. Ken Griffey started his future HOF career smoking 16 HRs and 61 RBIs to be the 89′ AL Rookie of the Year.

6. 1990, Randy Johnson no-no: The Big Unit throws the first no-hitter in Seattle Mariners history, beating the Tigers 2-0. He struck out 8, and walked 6.

7. 2010, Griffey says goodbye: Ken Griffey Jr., “The Kid”, “Junior”, calls it a career. The now Hall of Famer ends it 5th on the all-time career home run list. Capping off an amazing career, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016 with record 437/440 ballots to get into the prestige Cooperstown.

8. 2010, Jim Joyce ruins perfection for Galarraga: One sunny day in Detroit, Michigan… Armando Galarraga takes the mound against the Cleveland Indians. In the ninth inning after setting down 26 Indians batters, Galarraga is 1 out away from a perfect game. It is a 1-1 count to the Indians batter Jason Donald. Donald hits a ground ball to the right of Miguel Cabrera, not a hard ground ball, but Miguel had to move to get to it. Cabrera throws to Galarraga covering first base, and what seems to be a perfect game the fans start cheering, but the first base ump Jim Joyce calls him safe, and a rain of boos start from all over. It was not like this play was close here have a look:

Everyone was stunned that the umpire made that call. He would later win the game, and Jim Joyce had some words after the game